The Shooting Federation of Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) have confirmed the athletes to be named to Team Canada for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland in July.
With Dr. Susan Nattrass, a six-time Olympian and medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, and three sets of family members, the Canadian shooting team in Glasgow will be close-knit and experience-laden. It’s a talented group that will aim to continue the successful run of Commonwealth Games medals at the shooting range that started in Victoria in 1994.
“The Canadian shooting team in Glasgow will have a wealth of depth and experience, says Team Canada Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc. “A number of team members have won Commonwealth, World Cup and World Championship medals, and I know they will once again be providing Canadians with exciting podium performances at these 2014 Games.”
The shooting competition will take place approximately two hours outside of Glasgow, at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie.
Asmir Arifovic, President of the Shooting Federation of Canada, said: “The Commonwealth Games traditionally offer a friendly and very competitive environment for target shooters and the Glasgow Games will be no different. Our athletes are very much looking forward to Scotland and anticipating strong performances in many of the 19 events that make up the shooting program at the Games.”
Field Hockey Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) have confirmed the athletes and coaches named to Team Canada Men for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland in July.
The Canadian men’s team are currently ranked 16th in the world and are working toward regaining their status in the top 12. The team will be anchored by Olympian Scott Tupper, a feared penalty-corner striker who currently plays professionally in Europe and led his Belgian club to the semi-finals of the European Hockey League. Tupper was named to the 2013 Pan American Elite Team, alongside two other Canadians, strikers Matt Guest and Mark Pearson.
“The field hockey competition is traditionally strong at the Commonwealth Games,” says Team Canada Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc. “Six of the ten men’s teams in Glasgow also competed at this year’s world Cup. This bodes well for a very exciting field hockey tournament, and I look forward to supporting our men’s team on the pitch.”
The Canadian player with the most international Caps is Dave Jameson, a veteran of the two previous Commonwealth Games (Melbourne and Delhi). Two other players (Mark Pearson and Philip Wright) will likewise appear in their third Commonwealth Games, but Coach Anthony Farry has also included many young players in the squad, with his sight firmly planted on the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto where the Canadians need to win to earn their qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
“There is a great mix of experience and youth and we know this group is going to perform well for Canada,” says Men’s National Team head coach Anthony Farry. “Our biggest assets as a group are our unwavering ability to fight hard for each other and our belief that we can compete with the top nations.”
The Canadian Men will play in pool B with England (ranked 4th in the world), New Zealand (6th), Malaysia (13th) and Pan American rivals Trinidad & Tobago. They open their Glasgow campaign on Thursday July 24 vs. New Zealand.
A team of 267 athletes and close to 100 coaches and support staff will be in Glasgow, Canada’s largest Team ever fielded for a non-home Games. The entire Canadian Team will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games in mid-July 2014.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23rd to August 3rd, 2014, and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish soil.